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Digital Magazine Publishers Experimenting with Better User Experiences

Digital magazine publishers stay competitive and relevant to their audiences by presenting the best experiences possible. We watch constantly as experiments are made in the digital publishing industry to reach and connect with audiences. Today we’re reporting on the latest attempts at providing better user experiences.

Digital Magazine Publishers Targeting New Audience Expansion

Digital magazine publishers are putting more emphasis on digital audience growth, and doing it through a variety of methods including internal content, acquisitions, and third-party content partners.

How to Start an Online Magazine With These Five Strategies

Knowing how to start an online magazine requires first understanding the differences between an online magazine and the dozens of other publishing models available to you in the 21st century.

These differences range from the obvious – a comparison with print products, for instance, is pretty straightforward – to the more nuanced: say, discerning an online magazine from a digital magazine. What could possibly separate the two other than terminology?!

Multiplatform Publisher Focusing More on Audience Loyalty

To be a successful multiplatform publisher, an organization must use the right strategies to both build audiences and retain them as customers.

Audience Development News: An Audience Network, Ad Serving, and Content Partnerships

Many audience development strategies get new life breathed into them, enhancing their abilities to develop and reach new audiences in different ways. Today’s news looks at this, and how publishers are tweaking strategies to adapt to the changing times.

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3 Subscription Websites Seeing Major Growth

Subscription websites can be a major revenue stream for savvy digital publishers. Today we’re looking at some examples of this from major publishers.

We begin with The Atlantic, a subscription website publisher who is experiencing significant growth with its membership program. Digiday reports, “The Masthead has grown the program gradually, testing it with a small beta group of 250 before opening it up to subscribers for $100 a year. This week, membership was opened to everyone, at a price of $120 a year. Starting narrow has enabled The Atlantic to isolate the feedback of its most devoted readers. It’s been testing different content formats in email to the group and asked recipients to grade them on a scale of one to five.”

Fast Loading Websites Favored by Search Engines, Facebook

It’s no surprise that fast loading websites are necessary components to a strong online presence. We’re seeing search engines and social media sites respond to users’ desire to engage with websites that load quickly. Unfortunately, not all digital publishers have a site that loads quickly for computers or mobile and that can be a problem for audience retention.

Our first story today looks at Facebook’s new priority in supplying fast loading websites in its News Feed section. The Facebook News Room reports, “During the coming months we’re making an update to News Feed to show people more stories that will load quickly on mobile and fewer stories that might take longer to load, so they can spend more time reading the stories they find relevant.”

Digital Publishing Transformation Involves Expansion, Acquisition, and Shifts of Priority

MPP expanding American market; TNG acquires Ingram Periodicals; Digital publishing becoming a priority for Reader’s Digest
Digital publishing transforms in a variety of ways, from new technology in the digital age, to different management and ownership of media brands.

We begin today’s news with news of expansion for MPP. MediaPost reports, “UK-based tech company MPP Global has

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Changes Come to Publisher Websites

Time enhances user experience for golfers; Surfing folds for digital; Conde Nast launches new publisher website Healthyish
Enhancements to publisher websites come with new ideas for reaching and engaging audiences.

We’re seeing this with Time Inc., and MediaPost has the story. “The site of Time Inc.’s Golf magazine has relaunched with a cleaner, more modern look that loads

The Best Online Shopping Cart System for Publishers

What to look for in an online shopping cart system, from Haven Nexus, to Shopify to WooCommerce

Ecommerce has become a core part of any multi-platform publishing business. Even publishers who are still selling print-only have developed online shopping experiences because the Internet has become the first place people search for new information products.

That one fact

The Best Web Analytics Tools for Publishers

What to look for in web analytics tools, from Haven Nexus, to Google Analytics, Kiss Metrics, Social Bro and True Social Metrics

Data analytics are critical for the success of your multiplatform publishing business. Your website, email and social media efforts are all used to promote your content and make more money for your business. It’s

A Digital Magazine Publishing Platform Is All Platforms

You don’t have to pick a primary or favorite digital magazine publishing platform – as we see from leading media companies, multiplatform strategy leaves it wide open, and the more the merrier
When we say digital magazine publishing platform, the image that forms in our mind’s eye is one a jumping-off point, a launching pad, even

Media Revenue Trends: Newsstand, Native, B2B

Sometimes media revenue streams flow, and sometimes they dry up
How are you generating media revenue? I hope your response isn’t limited to one answer. Please, take all the time you need, and name as many sources as you can! A multiplatform publisher mustn’t put all of their eggs in one basket. Digital advertising, print sales,

Monetizing Digital Content: Native, Ecommerce, Niche, and More

The publishers making news when it comes to monetizing digital content include Quartz, Fortean Times, and Dennis
Is there anything more important than monetizing digital content for magazines looking to embrace multiplatform publishing strategy? The answer is an obvious no, but the less obvious answer is to the follow-up question “How do you get there?”

The answer

Multimedia Publishing: New Ebony Ownership Goes in Different Direction(s)

Multimedia publishing demands multiplatform strategy, and Ebony is embracing it; plus, NYT latest to consider ad-free model
Multimedia publishing is remaking the industry, fueled by multiplatform strategy, content like video and podcasts, and an openness to experiment with events, ecommerce, and other components.

While one major brand is pursuing that course in being reborn, another all-time title

How TIME Magazine Turned It Around With Multiplatform Publishing

TIME magazine is seeing growth in print and digital due mostly to a strong pursuit of native ads in editorial and video, plus staffing updates and multiplatform publishing

Last year, TIME‘s print revenue went up by 4%, and digital climbed 36%. A few years ago, we wrote a little piece called Saving TIME Magazine: or, the Future of All

Ad-Free Magazines: Prevention Takes the Plunge

Among publishing executives, is there anyone more admirable than Maria Rodale? Of course, we all have our favorites, but for us, Rodale’s new media innovation, multiplatform strategy instincts, niche content bona fides, and other qualities make her a true titan of the industry. And now, as stalwart Rodale property Prevention joins a small number of ad-free magazines, you see a leading title take a big step in the battle against ad blocking, viewability, and other challenges of a traditional revenue model by becoming essentially a members’ only club supported by subscribers and perhaps ecommerce content strategy.

Multi-Channel Publishing: Economist, InStyle, and More

Multi-channel publishing, multiplatform publishing, content distribution strategy: Whatever the label, proactive media companies meeting their readers on their own turf are emerging more and more as the best digital magazines. In fact, as Don has pointed out recently, multiplatform is the new normal.

Video Metrics: Tracking Views Is Tricky

Quantifying video metrics is a wide open enterprise for all, including publishers; plus, innovation and analytics from the experts
Views, visits, traffic, clicks, opens, time spent with media … charting response to your content and using that data to court ad buyers and convert subscribers is a challenge. Now, add video metrics to all of that,

Online Video Publishing: Pluses and Minuses for Digital Magazines

Online video publishing, especially when taken in tandem with mobile advertising, is arguably the most alluring revenue opportunity to come along for digital magazines in a long time.

But, like any other opportunity, it must be seized and maximized, not squandered with poor practices and a lack of strategy. Coincidentally, establishing best practices and tactical standards is exactly the sort of thing we do here at Mequoda, so if you have any questions about implementing a system and creating robust but flexible content, give us a call.

But in the meantime, check out MediaPost’s coverage of online video publishing and more. We’ll start there on this Monday!

The Best Job Board System for Publishers

Publishers, especially in the B2B space, have always helped their audience by providing career development advice, and by promoting opportunities in need of qualified professionals. Often, publications will provide expert career advice, or interviews with industry leaders specifically about how to get a better job, or get the skills that can lead to advancement.

How B2B Magazines Can Thrive on the Internet of Things

Mastering what the Internet of Things offers can go a long way for B2B magazines when it comes to driving revenue; plus, publishers’ archives, Facebook Instant Articles, and more
There’s a reason we count so many B2B magazines among our Mequoda Members: They’re niche, they know how to stick to a plan while also experimenting, and

Magazine Platforms Aplenty: Facebook, Apple, Google, and More

Magazine platforms mean everything to your business model, which means they mean everything to ours, too. We’ve built our business on multiplatform publishing, which includes everything from a portal to social media to events to ecommerce content strategy.

Now, magazine platforms have taken on an entirely new dimension. Is it just us, or does Apple Newsstand seem antiquated these days? With that company, Google, and of course Facebook jumping in to the game, the temptation is for digital publishers to just hand over all content and call it a day.

But, of course, you can’t do that. Your approach must be much more nuanced and considered. After all, why do these services want your content so bad? Because it’s worth a lot of money!

Publishers’ International Expansion: Good News and Bad News

Among all of the challenges facing digital publishers, international expansion is understandably on the back burner, but don’t sleep on the possible new revenue stream. Social media has shown that world markets can shrink and become more manageable, while audience development and engagement aren’t limited by boundaries.

MediaPost’s Publishers Daily touches on this trend in recent articles, both the positive signs for growth as well as some of the drawbacks.

Ecommerce Publisher News: Vox, PopSugar, and More

Becoming an ecommerce publisher continues to attract publishing executives looking for alternate revenue streams rooted in their content and niche audiences. Selling products isn’t selling out; developing an ecommerce content strategy is an extension of multiplatform publishing.

Digital publishers already sell white papers and tickets to events; a food magazine selling recipe books or a fashion site selling shoes is the natural next step in internet revenue models for magazines, if you can pull off the infrastructure. Seeing how others are achieving just that is a good place to start.

Tips for Boosting Your Subscription Revenue Model

For digital publishers not fully reliant on ads – which hopefully is you if you’re aiming for high multiplatform performance – few components are as crucial as your subscription revenue model.

At Mequoda, we’ve spent a ton of time studying and writing about digital subscriptions, because we believe they’re a big part of the future of digital magazines.

Magazine Ecommerce: Digital Publishers Taking the Plunge

Magazine ecommerce represents a major opportunity for digital publishers, provided you have the tech and infrastructure to pull it off – or can crank it up in the coming years.

Here’s why magazine ecommerce is well-suited for publishers, particularly niche publishers: You have a built-in audience advantage. You have content to shape into product. You have potential subscription bundling opportunities.

But it’s not a chip shot, either. Magazine ecommerce isn’t always a perfect fit, because selling stuff beyond articles and white papers and videos might not come naturally to content creators.

The Online Magazine Revenue Streams That Grew in 2015

As any compromised comment section can tell us, there are a whole lot of ways to make money on the Internet! Online magazine revenue streams comprise some solid volume in that pool (in the legitimate end, that is). In fact, helping digital publishers generate online magazine revenue is how we generate revenue ourselves.

The Importance of Phasing Projects for Content Management Systems

The larger projects online publishers face when becoming multiplatform publishers are often broken into multiple phases to keep the work manageable and the project moving along. Phasing brings focus to the work as it helps employees avoid mental exhaustion that can occur with large, daunting projects.

When building Haven Nexus systems for our clients, we are often transforming a standalone website into a fully integrated multiplatform publishing and marketing system. This isn’t exactly a small task, so we focus on a few phases to prioritize and stay focused.

Publisher-Advertiser Alignment Crucial for 2016

The publisher-advertiser dynamic has always been a fragile one, but it needn’t be a fractious one. After all, it’s a symbiotic relationship, and the success of each, in theory, depends upon the success of the other.

And the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Digital Media Industry Trends: Tablet Magazines, Ad Blocking, Mobile-First Design

The digital media industry trends dominating the headlines at the end of 2015 share some overlap with the digital media industry trends we started the year with — monetizing mobile and video, for instance — but there are some that came out of nowhere and now have the business scrambling around somewhere between casual concern and crisis mode.

You guessed that one, all right … ad blocking.

Meanwhile, multiplatform publishing — our focus since we started Mequoda — has gone from optional strategy to absolute necessity for digital magazines making any sort of serious bid for success.

Coming Soon to Digital Advertising Metrics: RFT

The benefits of online advertising are undeniable, but for better or worse, realizing them can be an exercise in patience and persistence because of the wide-open state of affairs in the industry. The money is there, but so are the targeting challenges shaky digital advertising metrics.

What’s more, when publishers do establish good relations with marketers, or when programmatic ads are maximized, ad blockers live up to their name and cost both parties.

But the future is bright for digital advertising revenue opportunities and efficacy, especially with companies like Telmar trying to perfect measurement.

Increased Multi-Platform Media a Goal for America’s Test Kitchen

We’ve made it clear over the years how much we admire America’s Test Kitchen, practically our neighbor here in the Boston area. We admire them because they’ve achieved great success in the past using their own variation of the Mequoda Method.

While organic search and social media have never been ATK’s strong suit, the company has made multi-platform media its focus more and more since its founding in 1993, charting a course from its original Cook’s Illustrated to books, video, digital magazines, membership website, events, partnerships, and more.

And the Boston Common Press property isn’t stopping there, even after a contract dispute led to the ouster of founding editor Christopher Kimball (who will remain as as minority owner and host of the popular PBS program). ATK is doubling down on multi-platform media under the leadership of new CEO David Nussbaum.

Best Digital Magazines, New Magazine Launches Highlight Min Events

Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 3, marks MinOnline’s 13th annual Most Intriguing and Hottest Launches Awards Celebration, while Friday, Dec. 4, marks the entry deadline for its Best of the Web Awards. And late last month, the trade publication handed out its editorial and design awards. Truly, ’tis the season for the best digital magazines to make themselves known!

These are some of our favorite digital publishing events to keep tabs on. Let’s take a look!

Digital Publishing Metrics News: Page Views, Disaggregated Content, Ecommerce, Social Media

ALM, Hearst, Google, Apple, Texture, Time Inc. are the media companies and digital magazines leading the shift in publishing metrics
Much like old-school counting statistics in baseball, old-school publishing metrics like clicks and page views are falling out of favor as key performance indicators that provide a fuller picture rise in popularity. These KPIs deal mainly

Top Digital Publishers’ Hottest Hire: Platform Relationship Managers

The top digital publishers have risen – and stay – there because they’re willing to experiment, evolve, and tread along the cutting edge of industry-wide best practices while pushing out ahead of the pack with new practices. This includes everything from hiring trends to social strategy, mobile video trends to ecommerce website design.

To start off this week, let’s take a look at Digiday’s coverage in those four areas and then some.

Niche Content: How One Major Publisher Is Playing It

There’s no doubt that niche content is the name of the game, at least if you’re playing the game using the Mequoda Method. But digital magazines can’t expect to slap a few enthusiast articles up on a homepage and wait for the money roll in. Rather, online publishers must stay vigilant in repurposing content, developing a content distribution strategy, and cultivating audience via social media and other platforms.

How Men’s Health Overcomes Digital Advertising Revenue Challenges

Are you generating all of the digital advertising revenue you’re capable of? If so, what’s your secret? If not, join the club.

Mequoda Members know that relying solely on digital magazine advertising to pay the bills and try to turn a profit isn’t the wisest move. But as one plank of a multi-platform strategy – functioning as a team alongside with subscriptions, events, products, and even an ecommerce content strategy – the benefits of online advertising can be integral to your success.

Meet the the Moment’s Hottest New Digital Magazine Platform

One of the most significant advantages of a multiplatform strategy is that new digital magazine platform options pop up frequently: They make for a renewable resource that will likely never run out. If you’re willing to put in the work and climb the learning curve as quickly as possible, you can integrate new Internet revenue models at your own pace!

The latest digital magazine platform to gain momentum in the publishing industry is ecommerce content strategy.

Publisher Design Tips: We’ve Found the Mother Lode!

As websites become more and more sophisticated, the look and feel of portals has become slicker but it many cases more confusing as media companies attempt to use every trick, tool, and toy they can to impress visitors, retain traffic, and convert consumers. This is understandable, and sometimes it even works! Recently, however digital magazines have stripped some of the bells and whistles away, as publisher design has moved toward simplicity.

Media and Publishing Updates: Branded Content, Facebook, and Big Moves

There aren’t many industries as exciting these days as media and publishing, which rivals even the tech sector for growth opportunity.

Each week brings with it a new advancement, revenue stream, and shakeup. For every failure, there are that many more successes – or at least startups. The revolving door has never swung around faster or more frequently. As brands strive to become publishers and social media platforms strive to become everything to everyone, content is not only king, it’s ascending to emperor of the galaxy. The industry news can be hard to keep up with!

Luckily, we have sites like MediaPost to make sense of it all. Let’s take a look at some of their recent coverage on hiring trends, Facebook’s appeal for at least one legacy publisher, and the latest mergers & acquisitions.

Mobile Publisher Outlook on Ad Blocking

If you’re a mobile publisher trying to monetize an already challenging platform for digital magazines, no two words strike more fear into your heart than “ad blocking.”

Ad blocking programs are not some flash in the pan gimmick that’s fading with time; they’re proliferating, and gaining in popularity with key demographics for audience development (ie, Millennials and other young consumers). How damaging a potential pitfall they are when it comes to digital ad revenue remains to be seen, but some in the mobile publisher market are bracing for a big hit. Others are biding their time, while still others are planning some blocking of their own, in the form of possible litigation.

But is it all a case of much “ad”-o about nothing?

The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today blog recently checked in with media companies about the wrath of ad blocking, and they also interviewed the head of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to find out his thoughts. Let’s see what they had to say.

Publishing Industry Analysis: Tablets, Smartphones, Email, Ads

Sometimes, you just need the numbers, right? When it comes to making decisions that could be the difference between flourishing or folding, data is a commodity. Device usage, performance metrics, ROI: Publishing industry analysis on these factors and others will determine the direction digital magazines take in the coming years – which themselves will be crucial in the digital media evolution.

Few sites can provide the data that eMarketer does day in and day out, all for free. To start the week, let’s see what they have to say about several areas of interest to publishers.

19 Digital Publishing Solutions You May Need As a Magazine Publisher

Are you acting as the general contractor of your content management system when it’s supposed to be managing itself?

14 Best Website Design Guidelines for Improving Any Website

Since 2006 we have held these fourteen guidelines as the most fundamental principles of the best website design.

Every website is unique to its own audience, so you can’t include things like the best colors to use, or anything that will tell you exactly how to design a site. What we’ve put together is a report card that can be applied to any website, of any age. Like I said, this report card has existed for almost a decade and when we update it (like we did today), all of the rules still apply.

Data-Driven Publishing Steers Time Inc. Digital Course

Big data is a big term, but there’s not a lot behind the concept itself, and no need to complicate it – collect the information that consumers provide and use the information that consumers provide. It’s that simple. Brands can take this mandate in cynical directions, but they can also improve user experience by personalizing products and tailoring content for enthusiast audiences. Data-driven publishing puts digital magazines in a prime position to do just that, and Time Inc. digital is making a push to become the best in the business, especially after hiring Chief Data Officer JT Kostman.

MinOnline recently ran a fascinating interview with Kostman – let’s start there today!

Publishing Events a Point of Emphasis for New Ogden CEO

Bryan Welch’s successor, Bill Uhler, aims for more publishing events and ecommerce content strategy; plus, an industry update halfway through the year
Publishing events comprise a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Mequoda Method and multi-platform publishing, which itself has become the predominant piece of publishing success. Publishing events scale well: It

Are PPC Publishing, Visual Search, and Long-Form Video the Future for Digital Magazines?

PPC publishing takes the pay-per-click model for advertisers to a compensatory one for platform contributors, and it’s gaining steam. The shift acknowledges the realities of digital publishing: With so much content available on the web, there needs to be some quantitative measurement of the impact of articles and posts, and the bottom line is a good place to start for digital magazines that depend on digital ad revenue. Slant News is one of those digital magazines, and Digiday covers their embrace of PPC publishing in a recent story. Let’s start there today!